Monday, August 11, 2014

Crochet for Cats Roundup

The month of August in Chile is all about cats and is referred to as El Mes de los Gatos or The Month of Cats. Today I am sharing with you the best patterns related to crocheting for cats or to make accessories with a kitty theme.  Enjoy! 





Hats and Accessories:


1.    Free Cat Ear Pattern: Step-by-step tutorial by Stitch 11.


2.   Cat Nap Hat: Available in 3 sizes (toddler, child, adult)

3.   Fingerless Kitty Kay Mittens: Toddler size

4.   Kitty Cat Hat – Toddler size

5. Earflap Cat Hat Pattern: Available in 6 sizes from Newborn to Adult.

6. Cat Claw Boots: Make your own claw boots!


7.  Hello Kitty Purse: Paid pattern available.



Cat Toys:

8.   Catnip Pouch Toy: Stuff it with Pollyfill.  Use catnip for the pouch.


9.   Mouse Catnip Toy: Make a cute plushie for your cat and fill it with catnip.

10.      Cat Toy: Made from yarn, toilet paper tube, and small bell.





11.   Cat Wig: Especially made for cats. 





Cat Amigurumi 

12.      Cat Amigurumi for Home Decor: Paid pattern by Celina Lane.



13.      Hello Kitty Amigurumi: Work this pattern to make a     miniature Hello Kitty.



14. Happy from Fairy Tale Amigurumi: Free crochet pattern.





 15. Miniature Posable Kitty Crochet Pattern: This is the perfect pattern from crocheting miniature cats for collectors. Use thread and small hook and you are set to go!



Cat Appliques


   16. Kitty Applique: Free pattern to use for embellishing cases, hats, scarves, blankets, and placemats.




17.  Cat Applique: Another pattern for embellishing projects for the cat lovers in your life. 


 Cat Living Space


18.   Cat Mat Rug: Crochet a special spot for your cat with this pattern. Oh your cat will have a cozy spot just for him!



19.  Cat Bed or Hiding Place:  Scroll down to the bottom for the English pattern.  



What will be the first pattern you will use from this collection to make a cat themed accessory or toy for your kitty?

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Happy crocheting!

~ Fabi 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Free V-Stitch Dishcloth Pattern - Patron gratis





Summer in Florida is really hot. Like steamy hot. I think it’s great, especially when we have a pool nearby and palm trees all around. Oh, how I love summer! This week, for the first time in several weeks, I felt a breeze while walking home, which made our time outside so much more enjoyable.  Thinking of summer and this breeze, which was a total gift from God, I designed the “Summer Breeze Crochet Dishcloth” – a free, easy, and quick pattern that I am sharing here with you all available in English and Spanish.

When you make it, please post a picture in the comments or post it to Instagram with the hashtag #CrochetwithFabi or #CrochetconFabi so that I can see all your lovely creations.

Pattern:

Materials
Cotton yarn   (lana de algodon)
Crochet Hook – Size G (4mm)
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends 

Steps
Chain 37 – Cadeneta de 37
In order to crochet the V-Stitch you have chain a multiple of 3 plus 7.
Para tejer este punto V, tienes que tejer una cadena que sea multiplo de 3 mas 7.

In this case, I chain 37 (30 is a multiple of 3 {10 x 3}, + 7 = 37)
En este caso, hice una cadena de 37 (30 es multiplo de 3 {10 x 3}, + 7 = 37)

Row 1: DC in 4th chain from hook (the first three skipped chain will make your first dc).  Ch 1, skip the next chain. Then do the V-stitch in the chain right after the one you skipped (dc, ch1, dc), then skip 2 chains --- Repeat section in green until you have 3 stitches left. The first two stitches you will skip and then you will dc in each of the final two stitches.  Chain 3 and turn.

Fila 1: Vareta o Punto Alto en 4ta cadeneta desde el palillo. Los primeros tres puntos saltados, contaran como tu primera doble vareta. Hace una cadeneta, salta el siguiente punto, y despues hace el punto V, que consiste de Vareta, 1 cadeneta, vareta, salta dos cadenetas.  ---- Repite la seccion en verde hasta que te queden solo 3 puntos. El primer punto lo saltas y despues haras una vareta en cada uno de los ultimos dos puntos.  Hace una cadeneta de 3 y gira tu trabajo.

Row 2: Skip the first dc, dc in 2nd dc, ch1, skip 1 ch, work V stitch all across. When you have only 3 stitches left,  ch1, skip next dc, dc in each of last 2 stitches.  Chain 3 and turn.  (basically, do a V-Stitch in the middle of each v-stitch from the previous row)

Ronda 2: Salta el primer punto, haz una vareta o punto alto en el Segundo punto, haz 1 cadena, salta 1 punto, y continua con el punto V hasta el final.  Cuando te queden solamente 3 puntos, hace 1 cadena, salta la siguiente vareta o punto alto, y termina con un punto alto en cada uno de los ultimos dos puntos.  Haz una cadena de 3 y gira tu trabajo.  (en otras palabras, haz un punto v en el centro de cada punto v de la fila anterior)

Row 3 and on: Repeat row 2.

Fila 3 y mas: Repite la segunda fila.






Hope you enjoy this breezy pattern! You can make a set in all kinds of colors in little time. I made mine in yellow and turquoise, two of my favorite colors. I totally love them and I’m pretty sure I will be making more items for my household using this stitch.

Do know that this stitch can used for blankets, pillow covers,  carseat covers, and so much more! Just follow the basic rule: multiple of 3 + 7 and you’ll be all set.

Happy Crocheting!

~ Fabi




Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Crochet Lingo




Do you frequent crochet groups on Facebook (FB) as much as I do? Let me tell you that when I first started seeing others’ projects and the many questions and comments that came up based on one picture had me going “HUH?”
Why, yes, the main reason is that crocheters share a unique language, just like any other expertise. Now that I have learned what most of them mean, I compiled a list to share here with you also available in PDF format so you can keep a copy handy with your patterns.



FOTH- Fresh off the hook 
LYS- Local yarn store
TIA- Thanks in advance
WIP- Work in progress
UFO- Unfinished object
FO- Finished object
BYB- Best yarn buddy
FROG – Take piece apart
TOAD- Tossed out abandoned in disgust

Another BIG topic over on FB groups has to do with the famous C2C. Do you know what that is?
C2C- Corner to corner

There are other abbreviations that are mostly used when reading a crochet pattern.
MC – Main Color
CC – Contrasting Color
YO – Yarn Over
BL – Back Loop
FL – Front Loop

The beauty of the Internet allows for sharing patterns across the globe in many languages, especially in Spanish, American & UK English.  Keep this table with you!!!! I’ve referred to it so many times when looking over websites or Instagram feeds in which different users give a basic idea of the stitches used in their pattern. 


Español
American English
UK (British) English
cadeneta
Chain (ch)
chain
Punto pasado
Slip stitch (sl st)
Slip stitch (sl st)
Punto bajo
Single crochet (sc)
Double crochet (dc)
Media vareta o Punto Medio
Half double crochet (hdc)
Half Treble (htr)
Vareta o
Punto Alto
Double crochet (dc)
Treble (tr)
Doble vareta o Punto Alto Doble
Triple crochet (trc)
Double Treble (dtr)
Punto
Stitch (st)
Stitch (st)
Espacio
Space (sp)
Space (sp)
Repetir de “ 
Repeat from “ 
Repeat from “ 
Terminar
Fasten off (fo)
Fasten off (fo)
 Saltar
Skip (sk)
Skip or miss (sk)
Unir
Join
Join

Have you used any of the abbreviations above? Are there any others that should be added? Leave a comment below to edit the document! 

Happy Crocheting!

~ Fabi

Thursday, July 10, 2014

5 minute prep file folder game

This morning, while I had 5 minutes free in the kitchen, I grabbed my weekly ad from Publix. I began looking at it and thinking that I needed to make an activity for my 3 year old who has been trying to make sense between fruits and vegetables lately.

Years ago, I had my then 3 year old daughter, cut and paste different fruits and vegetables into the right column.  So I went with that idea and applied it to a file folder game. This way, my son could use it more than one time and it will allow us to continue to add more fruits and vegetables that we will be finding in the ad depending on what’s on sale and in season.

Materials:
Grocery Store Ad
Scissors
File Folder
Envelope (to store the cut out pieces)
Paper
Marker

Steps:

Cut out all the fruits and vegetables OR have an older child do it. Whichever works best for you. I did it myself since I needed this activity quickly.  Ask “what fruits and vegetables do you like?” 

Also, based on the pictures you have available, discuss how fruits and vegetables are different. Ask the children to point out what they see. You could also do this while at the grocery store so they can touch and smell different fruits and vegetables.

The main difference between a fruit and vegetable is that fruits have a seed or cuesco like avocado or pepas like watermelon. 



Extension:
Provide paper and markers and tell the children to draw their favorite fruit and vegetable.





Talk about the names of the fruits and vegetables in English and Spanish. 
Phonics: Talk about the initial and ending sounds
Prepare a snack using a fruit and/or vegetable with your children
Do Riddles: 


Happy Teaching!

~Fabi



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